WHO ARE WE?

NO EVIL EYE is a nomadic micro-cinema that aims to redefine the creative and social parameters of film scene(s) by curating an eclectic mix of films and accessible educational workshops made for and by inclusive audiences. 

Since our launch in May 2019, we’ve been invited to engage in a variety of unique spaces and places including institutions, film festivals, underground theaters, and DIY organizations around the country. 

Our mission is to reimagine the traditional filmic experience by promoting a realistic yet utopian vision of cinema as a space of socio-political possibilities. We’re interested in igniting a collective radical imagination around the moving image that moves beyond the status quo.

The NO EVIL EYE manifesto: "NEE believes that the local is global; NEE radicalizes film programming; NEE cultivates community dialogue and critique; NEE centers youth and teen creativity via workshops, NEE deliberately carves a space that is anti-colonial gaze; NEE establishes a bond between the personal and political, NEE democratizes the predominantly inaccessible cinephilic landscape; NEE fosters a physical space for creatives and community members that have historically been ostracized from cinephilic spaces and denied access to art and cultural resources"

THE TEAM

INGRID RAPHAEL / CO-CREATOR

Ingrid raphaël’s practice is carved with a poetic borderless framework. In their practice, they use film, arts education, performance, weaving and metaphors as malleable tools to imagine, worldbuild, and repair.

Through a non-hierarchical framework, they have taught youth and adult art programs at the Young Artist Program, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Black Quantum’s Futurism’s Black Women Time Camp, Eyebeam’s Digital Day Camp, Mono No Aware and more…

They co-directed “They Won’t Call It Murder” a short documentary film following the intimate recollections of five women in Columbus, Ohio who lost their loved ones to police murders. The film will be released online in 2022, and Ingrid is currently directing and producing a speculative narrative feature

contact: [email protected]

RUUN NUUR / CO-CREATOR

Ruun Nuur (fka Rooney Elmi) is an independent cinematic practitioner based in Columbus, Ohio.

As the co-founder of the nomadic microcinema, NO EVIL EYE, Nuur has organized accessible film programs and education workshops around the country and online. At 22, she created SVLLY(wood), an irregular independent print film magazine, one of the only kinds in the world.

Producer of “They Won’t Call It Murder”, a documentary short film selected at Sheffield Doc/Fest and BAMcinemafest 2021. Her work has been profiled in Interview Magazine, NYLON, Brooklyn Rail, and more. She’s currently developing a documentary on her homeland of Somalia and attempting to complete two screenplays.

contact: [email protected]

SONIA RAYKA / FILM FUTURA TEACHING ASSISTANT & SALONS FACILITATOR

Sonia Desai Rayka (she/her/hers) is a filmmaker and writer with a passion for generous, community-led artistic practices. She works as a Virtual Teaching Assistant and Facilitator for No Evil Eye Cinema’s Film Futura, an alternative film school set on decolonizing cinematic possibilities, and ran the impact campaign and digital media for Sundance documentary Coded Bias. Currently, Sonia is in production on a mixed media short documentary about 94 year old trailblazer activist Toñita Morales who is the leader of the anti-gentrification movement in El Paso, Texas. Sonia is based in New York, with roots in Columbus, Ohio.

contact: [email protected]

PREVIOUS COLLABORATORS

NATALIE ERAZO / PROJECT MANAGER

Natalie Erazo is a Colombian-American film programmer, arts administrator, writer, and energy healing facilitator hailing from Miami, FL, and now based in Brooklyn, NY. Natalie has programmed film series for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and region(es), as well as organized screenings for youth audiences through The Repertory Project. Their writing has been published in Hyperallergic and the BAMblog.

NASREEN ABD ELAL / SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR + DESIGNER

Nasreen Abd Elal is a researcher, designer, and illustrator based in New York City. Her work focuses on eastern Mediterranean visual cultures, Palestinian history, and archival retrieval.

PRESS

NYFF58 TALK

Outside the Canon

Digital
October 2020

MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2020

Digital and print
September 2020

BROOKLYN RAIL

NO EVIL EYE

Digital and print
October 2019

HYPERALLERGIC

Radical Migration Stories on the Road

Digital
July 26 2019

COLUMBUS ALIVE

Flyover Fest: No Evil Eye debuts at the Wex

Digital and print
May 08 2019

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